Trump Expands Offshore Drilling in "Assault" on Biodiversity and Coastal & Indigenous Communities

Gov. Inslee wants Washington removed from drilling plan

Secretary Zinke Announces Plan For Unleashing America's Offshore Oil and Gas Potential | U.S. Department of the

The plan follows Trump's executive order in April encouraging more drilling rights in federal waters, part of the administration's strategy to help the USA achieve "energy dominance" in the global market. Providing all of our states with the same exemption from risky offshore oil and gas drilling would ensure that vital industries from tourism to recreation to fishing are not needlessly placed in harm's way.

Zinke last week released a sweeping plan to open almost all waters off the nation's coastlines to oil and gas drilling, including a new lease sale off OR and Washington proposed for 2021. Of Scott, Zinke said in his announcement that he is a "straightforward leader that can be trusted". "Brown asked for the same consideration Florida recently received and noted broad opposition from Republicans, Democrats and independents across the state to any expansion of oil and gas drilling off of the California coast", according to the summary of the call. "I support the governor's position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver".

"New York doesn't want drilling off our coast either", New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) wrote.

- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the next step for responsibly developing the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024. Scott is an ally of President Trump, and the state is also home to Trump's winter resort at Mar-a-Lago. But his handling of the situation has already become fuel for potential legal challenges. "California and other coastal states also rely on our handsome coasts for tourism and our economy. I don't believe it", Nelson said in a statement.

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Scott - who continues to deny the science behind climate change and has - is challenging Sen.

Critics, including longtime drilling opponent Sen. "This is a political stunt orchestrated by the Trump administration to help Rick Scott who has wanted to drill off Florida's coast his entire career. We hope we can work with you to protect our natural resources, our environment, and the livelihoods of coastal residents so that they remain for future generations". South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has also requested that his state be withdrawn from the plan.

Walter Shaub, the former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, did not mince words, accusing Zinke of making the United States a "banana republic".

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